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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Reviews + Interviews

A Chick's Eye View of the 2007 NAIAS

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / AMERICAJR.com

We passed by Cobo Arena on the way to the auto show.

by AmericaJR.com Web Team

 


DETROIT -- Most guys go to the NAIAS with engines in mind. I know something about them, having worked on my own cars for years, still I am attracted to the extraordinary, so artist/photographer Mike Wrathell and I wandered around, I thought I would check it out from a “chick’s perspective”. That way, if you are male and don’t agree with my thoughts, you can blame it on my gender. On the other hand, if you are female, you might want to check out some of the stuff I like while your hubby/partner beelines for the Hemis.

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / AMERICAJR.com

We came through the main entrance which was touting the glories of the Ford Focus and the new Sync, a device co-designed with Microsoft. Being the gadget freak that I am, when we went inside Cobo, I headed straight for the Sync reps. At least I thought I did.

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It turns out that I had accidentally broken through a barrier, and this rather nasty security cop treated me like I was a terrorist. The Sync rep was nicer, but would only give me the most basic of information. Having lost interest in it through the discourtesy I was shown, I moved on.

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I caught a glimpse of Mazda’s new concept car, the Ryuga, which they foresee as coming out around 2020 and being hydrogen-fueled. Meaning “ gracious flow” in Japanese, I only know that we get closer to the autos that we see in Ripley sci-fi movies every day. Mazda also featured its new Miata. There is nothing quite as kewl as a convertible hardtop that works its magic just by a couple of button pushes.

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Reps Steven and Chuck answered all of our zoom-zoom questions and were more than happy to allow Mike to get in the car and play with its retractable top.

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Land Rovers, the Mercedes of off-roads, featured this LR2 in a shade that was hideous under the neons of the NAIAS. This vehicle is so luxurious that it has 10, count ‘em, 10 speakers and features GPS navigation.

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If you are cool enough to drive a Land Rover, you have to be cool enough to wear its gear. You can even purchase the ultimate in accessories, an adaptable tent, although I wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to its price. I will opt for a Super 7 Motel with clean sheets any day.

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The award for the creepiest concept Car goes to the Hyundai Hellion, or what Mike described as a “PT Cruiser on Crack.” This prototype not only looked scary, it is displayed in a way that makes you not want to approach it at all. Leisa tells us that the back seat turns into a sort of backpack arrangement with its own hydration system, thereby dispensing with cupholders. I’m thinking that if you have something hooked up to your mouth and your cell phone hooked up to your ear, wouldn’t that be akin to patting your head while rubbing your stomach?

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Only a fan of “The Exorcist” would appreciate this Jeep Sahara. Even from far away it looked like Linda Blair’s famous “puking pea soup” scene.

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Dodge is obviously appealing to the younger crowd with its new line. It featured a baby blue Super Bee, and this Datona RT. Excuse me, but isn’t the color purple and Hemi a contradiction of terms? Maybe it’s a metrosexual thing.

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Mercedes really knows how to spend the bucks to get the bucks. They put most of their vehicles literally on ice, were giving away deserts and drinks, and even had a sort of light show to show off their new line.

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This had to be one of the most expensive automobiles we saw. At a whopping $450,000, the SLR should not only have lift-up doors but a hot tub and mini-bar as well. We were told that they actually sell several of these a year.

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Before leaving the Mercedes area, we had to catch a glimpse of this Maybach, which was alone in a corner with no info or price, just a rep who informed us that they were a company incorporated into the Mercedes/Daimler line. We just liked that although it was not a limo, it came with curtains and oozed Donald Trump at a price of around $350,000.

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We finally hit the corner with my favorites, the BMW/MINI Cooper/Porche/Volkswagens. There were lots of very kewl cars here, and even better toys to play with, such as the Volkswagen “Need for Speed.”

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Expect to spend hours checking out your faves at the NAIAS and wear comfortable shoes or catch a joyride on a “stow and go.” Not only is the showroom huge, once COBO parking fills up, you may have to park up to a mile away. As one of my fellow journalists pointed out, it’s ironic that Detroit loves their cars, but has nowhere to park them.

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